WEEDHAVEN LAUGHING ACADEMY
Weedhaven Laughing Academy (WLA) singer and bassist, Wolfgang Parker, states the band’s two-pronged goal is to serve as a warning to young artists just setting out to make a name for themselves while inspiring aging veterans to continue following their dreams.
“Our aspirations drive us to create beauty, to inspire, but also drive us to madness—and that’s often in the course of one concert,” singer/bassist Wolfgang Parker says.
Although Parker was best known in the late ‘90s for his hybrid of Punk Rock and Swing Jazz, WLA is a decidedly different endeavor where Parker is not the main attraction. The band’s first offering, GLUE, is more akin to the raw power-chord anthems that spilled from the Seattle Rock scene circa 1992 than the slick tricks Parker became known for.
Wolfgang is joined by guitarists Anthony Yates and Alan Mauger, who both served with him during his zoot suit era. The new kid being drummer Matt Mees, who has 40+ years playing with acts like Razorbliss, The Godz, George Jones, and Bo Diddley. The band’s combined century of experience is on display in their debut single.
“GLUE is about terminal dreamers and the place they occupy in our lives,” Parker says of the song. “Having someone around who never allows your passion to be extinguished makes all the difference in this life. But dreamers get dismissed too easily when people confuse cynicism for pragmatism. And even they don't, I think there is such a thing as being too practical. We need to celebrate the dreamers!"
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